Getting The Lay Of The Land: A New-Home Camping Trip

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We won't be moving in for a couple of months, but last weekend we took the opportunity to get to know our home a bit better by spending the night...in a tent in the backyard.

When we started working on our home-to-be, I thought it might be great to camp out inside the empty house. I pictured it as a sweet time to talk about the changes we'd like to make, the things we saw ourselves doing there someday, and the life we hoped to live there. I thought it would make the new house seem less foreign, more of an eventual real home than simply a concept.

Demo and reno started more quickly than expected, however, as carpet was ripped out, the bathroom was gutted, and the plumbing was replaced. It would have made for a dusty and probably nail-ridden camping trip. I still love the idea of cozying up in sleeping bags in an empty house, so if that works for you, go for it! And tell us all about it!

As work on the house continued apace, beautiful weather finally arrived on Memorial Day weekend (and I do mean finally: it had snowed three inches the week before). We were all — two adults and an 8-year-old — so excited for our first camping trip of the year, and especially jazzed to camp out in our new backyard. We brought our tent, sleeping bags, food to cook over the fire pit, and firewood. The fact that the toilet had been installed indoors the week before was an incredible luxury, and there was even (unheated, not potable) running water for hand-washing.

We feasted, explored, read in the hammock, played games, explored some more, and had a fabulous time. None of us wanted to leave, which bodes very well for our soon-to-be-home. We can't wait to go back.

(Image credits: Flickr user mildflower under CC BY 2.0)

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